Legendary boxer, Roberto Duran inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame
Written by Ozzie Gonzalez, www.latinosportslegends.com
October 17, 2006 -- Legendary boxer and now promoter, Roberto Duran was honored on Saturday when he was formally inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame at the LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles.
Duran walked on the stage when he was announced with same bravado he took into the ring. "That's right, it's me," he said through an interpreter before his formal induction. "Everybody says it: black, white; everybody calls me a legend. Italians, Jews. Everybody."
Duran, now 54, is a part of the 13 Class of 2006 inductees that included former champions Matthew Saad Muhammad, Julian Jackson and Eddie Perkins, and announcer Barry Tompkins.
"I came from a house made of stones and now I'm called 'Hands of Stone,'" said Duran after his introduction to the crowd. "It's an honor to represent my country, Panama, and to be a member of the Hall of Fame."
Duran, who is arguably the greatest Latino who ever stepped into a ring, finished his illustrious boxing career with a 104-16 record with 69 knockouts (click here for Duran's complete boxing record). Duran holds the record for being the only fighter to ever fight in 5 or more decades and two millenniums (60's, 70's, 80', 90's, 00's, 01's). He has fought in every year except 1985.
"It was important for Latinos to have a hero like him," said Senator Gil Cedillo (D-East Los Angeles), who presented Duran with a special state commendation. "He was a great champion."
During his prime, Duran fought everyone possible including many who have ended up Hall of Famers like Ken Buchanan, Wilfredo Benitez, Pipino Cuevas, Tommy Hearns, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Sugar Ray Leonard (three times).